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Definition
Example
What vocabulary terms are
Tools Jargon Icons
specific to the content or
Acronyms
Language of
discipline?
Special phrases
the Discipline
Terms Slang
Abbreviations
What are the defining features or
Parts
characteristics? Find examples
Factors
Details
and evidence to support opinions
Attributes
and ideas.
Variables
Distinguishing Traits
What elements reoccur? What is
Predictability
the sequence or order of events?
Repetition
Patterns
Make predictions based on past
events.
What information is unclear,
Missing Parts
missing, or unavailable?
Incomplete Ideas
Unanswered
What evidence do you need?
Discrepancies
Questions
What has not yet been proven?
Unresolved issues
Ambiguity
What structure underlies this
Structure
subject? What guidelines or
Order
regulations affect it? What
Reasons
Rules
hierarchy or ordering principle is
Organization
at work?
Explanation
Classification
“Because…”
Note factors (Social Economic,
Influence
Political, Geographic) that cause
Forces Direction
Trends
events to occur. Identify patterns
Course of Action
of change over time
Compare, Contrast
and Forecast
What moral principles are
Values Morals
involved in this subject? What
Pro and Con
controversies exist? What
Bias Discrimination
Ethics
arguments could emerge from a
Prejudice
study of this topic?
Judging
Differing Opinions
Point of View
Right and Wrong
Wisdom
What theory or general statement
Draw conclusions based on
applies to these ideas? How do
evidence
these ideas relate to broad
Make generalizations
Big Ideas
concepts such as change,
Summarize
systems, chaos vs. order, etc?
Theory
What is the main idea?
Principle
Main Idea
Relate the area of study to other
Connect
subjects within, between, and
Associate
Across the
across disciplines.
Integrate
Disciplines
Lind Ideas
Cross-Curricular study
How are elements related in terms
Connecting points in time
of the past, present, and future?
Examining a time period
Changes over
How and why do things change?
Compare and Contrast
Time
What doesn’t change?
How would others see the
Different roles and knowledge
Different
situation differently?
Opposing viewpoints
Perspectives
Based upon the work of Sandra Kaplan

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